Events

July 2017

Jul 1 End Date

Corn Harvest and Field Weeding Weekends

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
Come help us harvest our corn and tend to our fields throughout the month of July.
Jul 15 End Date

Living History Saturday

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
Step back in time to where a nation was born in 1836!

August 2017

Aug 5 End Date

Field Tending Weekends

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
Visit Barrington Farm to learn how early Texans tended to their fields and gardens to help keep down bugs, weeds and other pests. Every weekend in August weather permitting.
Aug 19 End Date

Living History Saturday

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
Step back in time to where a nation was born in 1836!

September 2017

Sep 23 End Date

Cotton Pickin'

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
Help pick heirloom cotton and tend the fields on our 1850s farm, and learn where Dr. Jones sent his most important cash crop.

October 2017

Oct 7 End Date

Trades Days

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
Come see skilled trades in action; leather working, woodworking, blacksmithing, pottery and other exhibits will be displayed.
Oct 28 End Date

Plow Days

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
Learn about plowing fields to get ready for winter.

November 2017

Nov 4 End Date

Foraging for Food

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
Learn about edible plants
Nov 11 End Date

Behind the Farming Tour

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
See behind the scenes at Barrington Farm.

December 2017

Dec 9 End Date

Christmas on the Brazos

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
Come celebrate an 1850s Christmas with us!

January 2018

Jan 13 End Date

Going Whole Hog: Everything but the Squeal

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
Harvesting meat for the coming year was important and a matter of survival on the Farm. Come see how we eviscerate and cut up the whole hog and preserve the meat. This program is extremely weather dependent. Please contact the park for updates.

February 2018

Feb 24 End Date

Light in the Dark

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
Seeing in the dark is something we take for granted today, but making your own light is frugal and satisfying. Come try your hand at candle dipping, for those six years and older, as long as supplies last.

March 2018

Mar 12 End Date

Making Hay

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
Visitors can watch us mow the grass with a scythe, and they can help with the process of turning it into hay. Raking, drying, and mounding the hay into hay rows and hay cocks, will culminate with good weather, helping us to store it for later use.
Mar 24 End Date

Flint & Steel - Spark of Life

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
Starting a fire was a critical skill in the 1850s and fire was the main tool for light, heat, and food preparation. See how flint, steel, and char cloth can be used to ignite a fire. Programs at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. only.

April 2018

Apr 7 End Date

Beasts of Burden

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
Turning the fields over, after lying fallow, and plowing under green manure is a rite of spring. See our oxen and other draft animals prepare our fields in this time-honored tradition, and compare their equipment and working styles. Program is extremely weather dependent. Please call park for details.

May 2018

May 5 End Date

Seeds of the Past

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
Pork, corn, pork, and yet more pork and corn! How in the world did Texans survive in the 1850s with such a monotonous diet? Come discover what the folks at Barrington Farm would have raised in their gardens to add some variety to their meals.